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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The award is presented to the best performance by a lead actor in a television comedy series. Beginning with the 18th Primetime Emmy Awards, leading actors in comedy have competed alone. However, these comedic performances included actors from miniseries, telefilms, and guest performers competing against main cast competitors. Such instances are marked below:

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Awarded for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
First awarded 1953
Currently held by Donald Glover,
Atlanta (2017)
Website emmys.com

Contents

Winners and nominationsEdit

1950sEdit

Year Actor Role Program Network
1953
(6th)
[note 1]
Donald O'Connor Himself The Colgate Comedy Hour NBC
Sid Caesar Various Characters Your Show of Shows NBC
Wally Cox Robinson Peepers Mister Peepers
Jackie Gleason Himself The Jackie Gleason Show CBS
Jack Webb Sgt. Joe Friday Dragnet NBC
1954
(7th)
[note 1]
Danny Thomas Danny Williams Make Room for Daddy ABC
Richard Boone Dr. Konrad Styner Medic NBC
Robert Cummings Robert Beanblossom My Hero
Jackie Gleason Himself The Jackie Gleason Show CBS
Jack Webb Sgt. Joe Friday Dragnet NBC
1955
(8th)
[note 1]
Phil Silvers MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko The Phil Silvers Show CBS
Bob Cummings Bob Collins The Bob Cummings Show CBS
Jackie Gleason Ralph Kramden The Honeymooners
Danny Thomas Danny Williams Make Room for Daddy ABC
Robert Young Jim Anderson Father Knows Best CBS
1956
(9th)
Sid Caesar Various Characters Caesar's Hour NBC
Jack Benny Various Characters The Jack Benny Program CBS
Bob Cummings Bob Collins The Bob Cummings Show
Ernie Kovacs Himself The Ernie Kovacs Show NBC
Phil Silvers MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko The Phil Silvers Show CBS
1957
(10th)
[note 1]
Robert Young Jim Anderson Father Knows Best NBC
James Arness Marshal Matt Dillon Gunsmoke CBS
Bob Cummings Bob Collins The Bob Cummings Show CBS / NBC
Phil Silvers MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko The Phil Silvers Show CBS
Danny Thomas Danny Williams The Danny Thomas Show ABC / CBS
19581959
(11th)
Jack Benny Various Characters The Jack Benny Program NBC
Walter Brennan Grandpa Amos McCoy The Real McCoys CBS / NBC
Bob Cummings Bob Collins The Bob Cummings Show NBC
Phil Silvers MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko The Phil Silvers Show CBS
Danny Thomas Danny Williams The Danny Thomas Show ABC / CBS
Robert Young Jim Anderson Father Knows Best CBS / NBC

1960sEdit

Year Actor Role Program Network
19591960
(12th)
[note 1]
Robert Stack Eliot Ness The Untouchables ABC
Raymond Burr Perry Mason Perry Mason CBS
Richard Boone Paladin Have Gun – Will Travel
19601961
(13th)
[note 1]
Raymond Burr Perry Mason Perry Mason CBS
Jackie Cooper Chick Hennesey Hennesey CBS
Robert Stack Eliot Ness The Untouchables
19611962
(14th)
[note 1]
E. G. Marshall Lawrence Preston The Defenders CBS
Paul Burke Adam Flint Naked City ABC
Jackie Cooper Chick Hennesey Hennesey CBS
Vince Edwards Ben Casey Ben Casey ABC
George Maharis Buz Murdock Route 66 CBS
19621963
(15th)
[note 1]
E. G. Marshall Lawrence Preston The Defenders CBS
Ernest Borgnine Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale McHale's Navy CBS
Paul Burke Det. Adam Flint Naked City ABC
Vic Morrow Sgt. Sanders Combat!
Dick Van Dyke Rob Petrie The Dick Van Dyke Show CBS
19631964
(16th)
[note 1]
Dick Van Dyke Rob Petrie The Dick Van Dyke Show CBS
Richard Boone Various Characters The Richard Boone Show NBC
Dean Jagger Principal Albert Vane Mr. Novak
David Janssen Dr. Richard Kimble The Fugitive ABC
George C. Scott Neil Brock East Side/West Side CBS
19641965
(17th)
No Award
19651966
(18th)
Dick Van Dyke Rob Petrie The Dick Van Dyke Show CBS
Don Adams Maxwell Smart Get Smart NBC
Bob Crane Colonel Robert E. Hogan Hogan's Heroes CBS
19661967
(19th)
Don Adams Maxwell Smart Get Smart NBC
Bob Crane Colonel Robert E. Hogan Hogan's Heroes CBS
Brian Keith Bill Davis Family Affair
Larry Storch Corporal Randolph Agarn F Troop ABC
19671968
(20th)
Don Adams Maxwell Smart Get Smart NBC
Richard Benjamin Dick Hollister He & She CBS
Sebastian Cabot Giles French Family Affair
Brian Keith Bill Davis
Dick York Darrin Stephens Bewitched ABC
19681969
(21st)
Don Adams Maxwell Smart Get Smart NBC
Brian Keith Bill Davis Family Affair CBS
Edward Mulhare Captain Daniel Gregg The Ghost and Mrs. Muir NBC
Lloyd Nolan Dr. Morton Chegley Julia

1970sEdit

Year Actor Role Program Network
19691970
(22nd)
William Windom John Monroe My World and Welcome to It NBC
Bill Cosby Chet Kincaid The Bill Cosby Show NBC
Lloyd Haynes Pete Dixon Room 222 ABC
19701971
(23rd)
Jack Klugman Oscar Madison The Odd Couple ABC
Ted Bessell Donald Hollinger That Girl ABC
Bill Bixby Tom Corbett The Courtship of Eddie's Father
Carroll O'Connor Archie Bunker All in the Family CBS
Tony Randall Felix Unger The Odd Couple ABC
19711972
(24th)
Carroll O'Connor Archie Bunker All in the Family CBS
Redd Foxx Fred Sanford Sanford and Son NBC
Jack Klugman Oscar Madison The Odd Couple ABC
Tony Randall Felix Unger
19721973
(25th)
Jack Klugman Oscar Madison The Odd Couple ABC
Alan Alda Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H CBS
Redd Foxx Fred Sanford Sanford and Son NBC
Carroll O'Connor Archie Bunker All in the Family CBS
Tony Randall Felix Unger The Odd Couple ABC
19731974
(26th)
Alan Alda Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H CBS
Redd Foxx Fred Sanford Sanford and Son NBC
Jack Klugman Oscar Madison The Odd Couple ABC
Carroll O'Connor Archie Bunker All in the Family CBS
Tony Randall Felix Unger The Odd Couple ABC
19741975
(27th)
Tony Randall Felix Unger The Odd Couple ABC
Jack Albertson Ed Brown Chico and the Man NBC
Alan Alda Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H CBS
Jack Klugman Oscar Madison The Odd Couple ABC
Carroll O'Connor Archie Bunker All in the Family CBS
19751976
(28th)
Jack Albertson Ed Brown Chico and the Man NBC
Alan Alda Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H CBS
Hal Linden Barney Miller Barney Miller ABC
Henry Winkler Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli Happy Days
19761977
(29th)
Carroll O'Connor Archie Bunker All in the Family CBS
Jack Albertson Ed Brown Chico and the Man NBC
Alan Alda Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H CBS
Hal Linden Barney Miller Barney Miller ABC
Henry Winkler Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli Happy Days
19771978
(30th)
Carroll O'Connor Archie Bunker All in the Family CBS
Alan Alda Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H CBS
Hal Linden Barney Miller Barney Miller ABC
John Ritter Jack Tripper Three's Company
Henry Winkler Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli Happy Days
19781979
(31st)
Carroll O'Connor Archie Bunker All in the Family CBS
Alan Alda Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H CBS
Judd Hirsch Alex Reiger Taxi ABC
Hal Linden Barney Miller Barney Miller
Robin Williams Mork Mork & Mindy

1980sEdit

Year Actor Role Program Network
19791980
(32nd)
Richard Mulligan Burt Campbell Soap ABC
Alan Alda Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H CBS
Robert Guillaume Benson DuBois Benson ABC
Judd Hirsch Alex Reiger Taxi
Hal Linden Barney Miller Barney Miller
19801981
(33rd)
Judd Hirsch Alex Reiger Taxi ABC
Alan Alda Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H CBS
Hal Linden Barney Miller Barney Miller ABC
Richard Mulligan Burt Campbell Soap
John Ritter Jack Tripper Three's Company
19811982
(34th)
Alan Alda Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H CBS
Robert Guillaume Benson DuBois Benson ABC
Judd Hirsch Alex Reiger Taxi
Hal Linden Barney Miller Barney Miller
Leslie Nielsen Frank Drebin Police Squad!
19821983
(35th)
Judd Hirsch Alex Reiger Taxi NBC
Alan Alda Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H CBS
Dabney Coleman Bill Bittinger Buffalo Bill NBC
Ted Danson Sam Malone Cheers
Robert Guillaume Benson DuBois Benson ABC
19831984
(36th)
John Ritter Jack Tripper Three's Company ABC
Dabney Coleman Bill Bittinger Buffalo Bill NBC
Ted Danson Sam Malone Cheers
Robert Guillaume Benson DuBois Benson ABC
Sherman Hemsley George Jefferson The Jeffersons CBS
19841985
(37th)
Robert Guillaume Benson DuBois Benson ABC
Harry Anderson Judge Harry Stone Night Court NBC
Ted Danson Sam Malone Cheers
Bob Newhart Dick Loudon Newhart CBS
Jack Warden Harry Fox Crazy Like a Fox
19851986
(38th)
Michael J. Fox Alex P. Keaton Family Ties NBC
Harry Anderson Judge Harry Stone Night Court NBC
Ted Danson Sam Malone Cheers
Bob Newhart Dick Loudon Newhart CBS
Jack Warden Harry Fox Crazy Like a Fox
19861987
(39th)
Michael J. Fox Alex P. Keaton Family Ties NBC
Harry Anderson Judge Harry Stone Night Court NBC
Ted Danson Sam Malone Cheers
Bob Newhart Dick Loudon Newhart CBS
Bronson Pinchot Balki Bartokomous Perfect Strangers ABC
19871988
(40th)
Michael J. Fox Alex P. Keaton Family Ties NBC
Dabney Coleman Slap Maxwell The Slap Maxwell Story ABC
Ted Danson Sam Malone Cheers NBC
Tim Reid Frank Parrish Frank's Place CBS
John Ritter Det. Harry Hooperman Hooperman ABC
19881989
(41st)
Richard Mulligan Dr. Harry Weston Empty Nest NBC
Ted Danson Sam Malone Cheers NBC
Michael J. Fox Alex P. Keaton Family Ties
John Goodman Dan Conner Roseanne ABC
Fred Savage Kevin Arnold The Wonder Years

1990sEdit

Year Actor Role Program Network
19891990
(42nd)
Ted Danson Sam Malone Cheers NBC
John Goodman Dan Conner Roseanne ABC
Richard Mulligan Dr. Harry Weston Empty Nest NBC
Craig T. Nelson Hayden Fox Coach ABC
Fred Savage Kevin Arnold The Wonder Years
19901991
(43rd)
Burt Reynolds Wood Newton Evening Shade CBS
Ted Danson Sam Malone Cheers NBC
John Goodman Dan Conner Roseanne ABC
Richard Mulligan Dr. Harry Weston Empty Nest NBC
Craig T. Nelson Hayden Fox Coach ABC
19911992
(44th)
Craig T. Nelson Hayden Fox Coach ABC
Ted Danson Sam Malone Cheers NBC
John Goodman Dan Conner Roseanne ABC
Kelsey Grammer § Dr. Frasier Crane Wings NBC
Burt Reynolds Wood Newton Evening Shade CBS
Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld NBC
19921993
(45th)
Ted Danson Sam Malone Cheers NBC
Tim Allen Tim Taylor Home Improvement ABC
John Goodman Dan Conner Roseanne
Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld NBC
Garry Shandling Larry Sanders The Larry Sanders Show HBO
19931994
(46th)
Kelsey Grammer Dr. Frasier Crane Frasier NBC
John Goodman Dan Conner Roseanne ABC
John Larroquette John Hemingway The John Larroquette Show NBC
Paul Reiser Paul Buchman Mad About You
Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld
19941995
(47th)
Kelsey Grammer Dr. Frasier Crane Frasier NBC
John Goodman Dan Conner Roseanne ABC
Paul Reiser Paul Buchman Mad About You NBC
Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld
Garry Shandling Larry Sanders The Larry Sanders Show HBO
19951996
(48th)
John Lithgow Dr. Dick Solomon 3rd Rock from the Sun NBC
Kelsey Grammer Dr. Frasier Crane Frasier NBC
Paul Reiser Paul Buchman Mad About You
Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld
Garry Shandling Larry Sanders The Larry Sanders Show HBO
19961997
(49th)
John Lithgow Dr. Dick Solomon 3rd Rock from the Sun NBC
Michael J. Fox Mike Flaherty Spin City ABC
Kelsey Grammer Dr. Frasier Crane Frasier NBC
Paul Reiser Paul Buchman Mad About You
Garry Shandling Larry Sanders The Larry Sanders Show HBO
19971998
(50th)
Kelsey Grammer Dr. Frasier Crane Frasier NBC
Michael J. Fox Mike Flaherty Spin City ABC
John Lithgow Dr. Dick Solomon 3rd Rock from the Sun NBC
Paul Reiser Paul Buchman Mad About You
Garry Shandling Larry Sanders The Larry Sanders Show HBO
19981999
(51st)
John Lithgow Dr. Dick Solomon 3rd Rock from the Sun NBC
Michael J. Fox Mike Flaherty Spin City ABC
Kelsey Grammer Dr. Frasier Crane Frasier NBC
Paul Reiser Paul Buchman Mad About You
Ray Romano Raymond Barone Everybody Loves Raymond CBS

2000sEdit

Year Actor Role Program Network
19992000
(52nd)
Michael J. Fox Mike Flaherty Spin City ABC
Kelsey Grammer Dr. Frasier Crane Frasier NBC
John Lithgow Dr. Dick Solomon 3rd Rock from the Sun
Eric McCormack Will Truman Will & Grace
Ray Romano Raymond Barone Everybody Loves Raymond CBS
20002001
(53rd)
Eric McCormack Will Truman Will & Grace NBC
Kelsey Grammer Dr. Frasier Crane Frasier NBC
John Lithgow Dr. Dick Solomon 3rd Rock from the Sun
Frankie Muniz Malcolm Malcolm in the Middle Fox
Ray Romano Raymond Barone Everybody Loves Raymond CBS
20012002
(54th)
Ray Romano Raymond Barone Everybody Loves Raymond CBS
Kelsey Grammer Dr. Frasier Crane Frasier NBC
Matt LeBlanc Joey Tribbiani Friends
Bernie Mac Bernie "Mac" McCullough The Bernie Mac Show Fox
Matthew Perry Chandler Bing Friends NBC
20022003
(55th)
Tony Shalhoub Adrian Monk Monk USA
Larry David Himself Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO
Matt LeBlanc Joey Tribbiani Friends NBC
Bernie Mac Bernie "Mac" McCullough The Bernie Mac Show Fox
Eric McCormack Will Truman Will & Grace NBC
Ray Romano Raymond Barone Everybody Loves Raymond CBS
20032004
(56th)
Kelsey Grammer Dr. Frasier Crane Frasier NBC
Larry David Himself Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO
Matt LeBlanc Joey Tribbiani Friends NBC
John Ritter (posthumously) Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules ABC
Tony Shalhoub Adrian Monk Monk USA
20042005
(57th)
Tony Shalhoub Adrian Monk Monk USA
Jason Bateman Michael Bluth Arrested Development Fox
Zach Braff John "J.D." Dorian Scrubs NBC
Eric McCormack Will Truman Will & Grace
Ray Romano Raymond Barone Everybody Loves Raymond CBS
20052006
(58th)
Tony Shalhoub Adrian Monk Monk USA
Steve Carell Michael Scott The Office NBC
Larry David Himself Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO
Kevin James Doug Heffernan The King of Queens CBS
Charlie Sheen Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men
20062007
(59th)
Ricky Gervais Andy Millman Extras HBO
Alec Baldwin Jack Donaghy 30 Rock NBC
Steve Carell Michael Scott The Office
Tony Shalhoub Adrian Monk Monk USA
Charlie Sheen Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men CBS
20072008
(60th)
Alec Baldwin Jack Donaghy 30 Rock NBC
Steve Carell Michael Scott The Office NBC
Lee Pace Ned Pushing Daisies ABC
Tony Shalhoub Adrian Monk Monk USA
Charlie Sheen Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men CBS
20082009
(61st)
Alec Baldwin Jack Donaghy 30 Rock NBC
Steve Carell Michael Scott The Office NBC
Jemaine Clement Jemaine Clemaine Flight of the Conchords HBO
Jim Parsons Dr. Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory CBS
Tony Shalhoub Adrian Monk Monk USA
Charlie Sheen Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men CBS

2010sEdit

Year Actor Role Program Network
20092010
(62nd)
[1]
Jim Parsons Dr. Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory CBS
Alec Baldwin Jack Donaghy 30 Rock NBC
Steve Carell Michael Scott The Office
Larry David Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO
Matthew Morrison Will Schuester Glee Fox
Tony Shalhoub Adrian Monk Monk USA
20102011
(63rd)
[2]
Jim Parsons Dr. Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory CBS
Alec Baldwin Jack Donaghy 30 Rock NBC
Steve Carell Michael Scott The Office
Louis C.K. Louie Louie FX
Johnny Galecki Dr. Leonard Hofstadter The Big Bang Theory CBS
Matt LeBlanc Matt LeBlanc Episodes Showtime
20112012
(64th)
[3]
Jon Cryer Dr. Alan Harper Two and a Half Men CBS
Alec Baldwin Jack Donaghy 30 Rock NBC
Louis C.K. Louie Louie FX
Don Cheadle Marty Kaan House of Lies Showtime
Larry David Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO
Jim Parsons Dr. Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory CBS
20122013
(65th)
[4]
Jim Parsons Dr. Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory CBS
Alec Baldwin Jack Donaghy 30 Rock NBC
Jason Bateman Michael Bluth Arrested Development Netflix
Louis C.K. Louie Louie FX
Don Cheadle Marty Kaan House of Lies Showtime
Matt LeBlanc Matt LeBlanc Episodes
20132014
(66th)
[5]
Jim Parsons Dr. Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory CBS
Louis C.K. Louie Louie FX
Don Cheadle Marty Kaan House of Lies Showtime
Ricky Gervais Derek Noakes Derek Netflix
Matt LeBlanc Matt LeBlanc Episodes Showtime
William H. Macy Frank Gallagher Shameless
20142015
(67th)
[6]
Jeffrey Tambor Maura Pfefferman Transparent Amazon
Anthony Anderson Andre "Dre" Johnson, Sr. Black-ish ABC
Louis C.K. Louie Louie FX
Don Cheadle Marty Kaan House of Lies Showtime
Will Forte Phil Miller The Last Man on Earth Fox
Matt LeBlanc Matt LeBlanc Episodes Showtime
William H. Macy Frank Gallagher Shameless
20152016
(68th)
[7]
Jeffrey Tambor Maura Pfefferman Transparent Amazon
Anthony Anderson Andre "Dre" Johnson, Sr. Black-ish ABC
Aziz Ansari Dev Shah Master of None Netflix
Will Forte Phil Miller The Last Man on Earth Fox
William H. Macy Frank Gallagher Shameless Showtime
Thomas Middleditch Richard Hendricks Silicon Valley HBO
20162017
(69th)
[8]
Donald Glover Earnest "Earn" Marks Atlanta FX
Anthony Anderson Andre "Dre" Johnson, Sr. Black-ish ABC
Aziz Ansari Dev Shah Master of None Netflix
Zach Galifianakis Chip and Dale Baskets Baskets FX
William H. Macy Frank Gallagher Shameless Showtime
Jeffrey Tambor Maura Pfefferman Transparent Amazon

Total awards by networkEdit

SuperlativesEdit

Superlative Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Actor with most awards Michael J. Fox, Kelsey Grammer, Carroll O'Connor, Jim Parsons
Actor with most nominations Alan Alda, Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer
Actor with most nominations
without ever winning
John Goodman, Matt LeBlanc, Hal Linden

Multiple awardsEdit

Multiple nominationsEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Early Emmy ceremonies did not have genre-specific acting categories.

ReferencesEdit